Every year, I set a goal to read x number of books each month to keep me in a "forever student" flow. So that it actually happens, I schedule time before the kids wake up to read over my morning collagen coffee. It's a habit stack I created to keep myself accountable because I'm just not a nighttime reader. I fall asleep too quickly and forget everything I read. I just started a new book this morning but wanted to take a moment to look back at one in particular that I loved in January. If you're a bookworm like me and are drawn to creativity, let me be the first to recommend this one to you.
Elizabeth Gilbert (Author of Eat Pray Love)
I love to kickstart the year with something inspirational in the creativity realm. My sister, Caitlin must've known that because she gifted me this one for Christmas. Last January, I read Creative Calling by Chase Jarvis, another incredible book I plan to pickup again at some point. Big Magic goes deep into Gilbert's personal experience pushing beyond fear to live creatively as a writer. Without giving away too much of the book, these are the concepts that have stayed with me and I hope they land with you too.
1. Keep moving. Even if you have to do something else.
"Someday it might all make sense to you - why you needed to go through this botched-up mess in order to land in a better place. Or maybe it will never make sense.
So be it.
Move on, anyhow.
Whatever else happens, stay busy...
Call attention to yourself with some sort of creative action, and -most of all - trust that if you make enough of a glorious commotion, eventually inspiration will find its way home to you again."
2. Authenticity over originality
"Most things have already been done - but they have not yet been done by you...So what if every new generation feels the same urges and asks the same questions that humans have been feeling and asking for years?...Everything reminds us of something. But once you put your own expression and passion behind an idea, that idea becomes yours...Attempts at originality can often feel forced and precious, but authenticity has quiet resonance that never fails to stir me. Just say what you want to say, then, and say it with all your heart. Share whatever you are driven to share."
3. Stay playful. It's not that serious anyway.
"I've never been attracted to the icon of the Tormented Artist...When my personal devils take over, I can feel my creative angels retreating...My desire to work - my desire to engage with my creativity as intimately and as freely as possible - is my strongest personal incentive to fight back against pain, by any means necessary, and to fashion a life for myself that is as sane and healthy and stable as it can possibly be...Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us."
If you end up ordering a copy of this one, let me know what you think! You can find me on insta @kristenmariasrd. I'd love to connect with you.